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This is a picture of New Year’s Eve. No, that’s her name. She was born on New Year’s Day and I had the opportunity to celebrate her birthday with her this year this year.
It was a bright and sparkly event–as a bubbly 5-year-old girl’s birthday should be. I was happy to help her mom add some glitter and bling to the festivities.
The black and white birthday sign they pull out for every birthday, we added the gold Christmas tree ornaments (literally from off of my Christmas Tree) with pink glittered letters to the sign to personalize it for her special day. We lined the room with gold dot garland which my mom had sewn for another niece’s wedding last year (hoping to blog that one, too). I’m all about recycling when it comes to party decor (which is why I need to invest in a large storage shed…but I digress.) The garland and clear balloons filled with glitter and gold and silver confetti, brought the whole room to life!
My sister made this pretty cake. She painted a gold gel onto the fondant on the bottom layer and while it was still wet added the gold sparkles–hugging them on to the cake to get them to stick.
So this DIY took a while since we had so many family members coming to celebrate New Year’s Day and Eve’s Birthday, but it was totally worth it.
We glittered the bottoms of gold and pink cups. My favorites are the ones with the chunky confetti.
We painted Mod Podge where we wanted the glitter (you could use thinned glue). Because Mod Podge dries clear we also painted a coat over the top of the glitter to seal it on the cups and keep it from getting all over the big guests.
My mom made dozens of her delicious traditional New Year’s Donuts…which we promptly consumed.
I also have to show you this adorable raccoon jacket my mom sewed for this little miss. I can’t believe that this was just a Simplicity pattern they found at the fabric store. I love it in pink, and apparently Eve does, too and wears it every day.
But perhaps the most fun part of the celebration, was our glitter Photoshoot–inspired by some sparkly pictures I had seen on Pinterest. We set up a large bed sheet as our backdrop/groundcover and went to town with a couple of bags of gold and silver confetti and my camera snapping away.
I absolutely love the shots of the birthday girl and her mom playing in the confetti. They were tossing it around, but there was a more dramatic effect when we also let the bigger girls sprinkle it on the photo subjects from above.
Of course, that made for some closed eyed pictures , but I love those shots, too.
I designed this poster for the party and also to go in the room of the birthday girl after the party. After our photoshoot, we really did trail sparkle everywhere we went (they will be finding that in vents and crannies for years to come, I bet, but sparkle makes you smile. It’s much more fun to find than dust mites!)
We printed it out the poster in large format and then my sister used a small paintbrush to paint glue on the letters of the word “Sparkle” and on the dots and glittered them with chunky pink glitter. I think it would also be fabulous with gold or silver glitter…or really anything that sparkles and shines.
You can do the same thing! I’m sharing my printable poster with you. It is designed to be printed at 11×17, but I think you could adjust it smaller if you need. Click the link below for the pdf to make a sparkle sign for your favorite sparkly person. Maybe it’s you!
For the background on my One Little Word or Word of the Year posts, read this post. My One Little Word for 2015 came to me several weeks ago. I initially tried to dismiss it, because it doesn't sound like a goal at first and could be misinterpreted as not a very noble goal. But the more I thought about it, the more I could see all of the different ways in which this word could inspire me this year. 2014 was a year of many changes and challenges for a family. Through a difficult pregnancy and the challenges of welcoming baby #5 to our already busy and maxed-out family, I found myself repeatedly on the receiving end of acts of service from friends and family. While we were and continue to be incredibly grateful for so much service rendered, I have to admit that it isn't always comfortable to find oneself on the receiving end of service. I found myself constantly questioning whether we deserved this … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
More Frozen party goodness...back by popular demand! My Frozen party and my sister's Frozen party are some of the most popular posts ever on My Insanity. I've had several requests that I share the printable signs and food labels from the party. So here they are, plus a bonus. I had a couple of these standing signs at the craft area. I put them in the ever-versatile IKEA standing 4x6 picture frames. I used snowflake napkin holders to as place card holders, displaying our food selections--some with clever names--others with informative ones. Here is the new bonus printable: … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
Do you want to build an ice castle? As I mentioned in my Year in Review post, my readers love Frozen. And they/we also love LEGOs. We don't want to just Let it go! Here is a quick fun giveaway that is LEGO and FROZEN in one. Use Rafflecopter below to enter to win your own hard-to-find LEGO Disney Princess Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle Set. a Rafflecopter giveaway Come back tomorrow for my Frozen Party printables! … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
I love sending Holiday cards. I used to spend hours DIYing Christmas Cards. Then I transitioned to more clever photography with professional printing to expedite things a bit. This year was a particularly busy year. I thought about skipping cards all together. But as it often goes with a busy year, it was also a very newsy year. I hadn't yet sent out birth announcements from my baby's birth in July (Yes. He is a 5th child). Even though there wasn't enough time to make it happen for Christmas, I didn't want to wait a full year to send greetings and an update to family and friends. I opted to send a New Year's greeting instead and found the perfect Year in Review Booklette card from Minted. It was a great way to capture the news of the year, in a beautifully designed layout and use lots of photos from a recent family DIY photoshoot in our Arizona desert. One of my new favorite things about … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]
2014 has been quite a year for me personally! Most of my year has revolved around this little man. The first half of the year dealing with pregnancy and the second half taking care of a newborn. This child, while delightful, has not been the easiest child, so the quantity of posts on my blog has waned this year, but we are about quality, not quantity, right? And there was still some plenty of insanity going on around here. The biggest posts this year, were actually from other years. Can you guess my new biggest post of all time? My FROZEN party was posted last December, so it hadn't even had a chance to crack the Top 10 when I wrote 2013 in review. Now it has been pinned and viewed more than any other post on my site. We all knew the new Disney movie would be a hit, but who knew it would be a phenomenon? For those of you who cannot get enough of all things Frozen, I am planning on … [Read the rest of the Insanity...]